Case study ( 5290 views as of May 25, 2017 )
Judy, a pleasant 31-year-old woman who has recently become single and who works in a government office, was involved in a major motor vehicle accident and was hospitalized for three weeks and suffered anxiety after the car accident. She fractured her right elbow, left pelvis and was left with some significant scarring along her left cheek. In addition to this accident, she found out that her mother had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It has been a very difficult time for her and her the entire family. Judy visits her family doctor because she is concerned that she cannot return to work. She is anxious as well as agitated and sullen.
Judy could benefit her condition by seeing a psychologist for behavioural therapy to help with anxiety - both general anxiety and anxiety due to her car accident. She might also benefit from seeing a psychiatrist for a different approach to her anxiety. She would benefit from education on what anxiety is and how to treat it so that she can engage herself as a partner in her care. She would benefit from ongoing treatment with a physiotherapist for her motor vehicle accident. She could benefit from seeing a plastic surgeon to address her scarring. Lastly, she might benefit from pilates or yoga for both relaxation and in helping her mobility issues which were caused by the motor vehicle accident.Author: Dr. Daniel Ngui